Paul Raff, Artist and Architect, Paul Raff Studio Incorporated
Michael A. Ormston-Holloway, Designer and Certified Arborist, The Planning Partnership
Brett Hoornaert, Landscape Architect, The Planning Partnership
Luke Kairys, Landscape Architect, The Planning Partnership
Arc of Memory is a dynamic living calendar, designed to capture the many, many moments of suffering and injustice to be commemorated, in solace and in gratitude.
Over 4000 bronze rods are arranged along 365 slender posts, each one pointing at a unique angle of the sun, for every hour of every day, across a year. The memorial is divided in the middle at the winter solstice, the darkest day of the year, inviting visitors to step through in a metaphorical journey from darkness and oppression to lightness and liberty.
At a distance, the sculptural array of bronze rods expresses the vastness of the suffering of individuals under communist regimes. Up close, the memorial invites visitors to reflect on their own experiences.
Ultimately the memorial invites people to bring forth their own ideas and thoughts, to walk their own path and recognize each other in a free and welcoming country.
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